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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes changed starting goalies on Tuesday, going with Curtis McElhinney over Petr Mrazek, but it wasn’t enough to avoid falling into an 0-3 series deficit to the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals.
McElhinney made 29 saves in the 2-1 Game 3 loss, as Carolina was dealt its first loss at home this postseason.
Boston will go for the sweep on Thursday night.
Only four teams in NHL history have ever rallied to win a series they trailed 3-0, and none since Los Angeles in 2014 — though Carolina captain Justin Williams was on that Kings team that rallied to beat San Jose in the first round.
This one got away from them in the first 7½ minutes of the second, when the Bruins claimed control with their fourth line turning a turnover by Carolina’s Brock McGinn into a 1-0 lead at 1:21.
Boston scored 10 goals on Petr Mrazek while winning the first two games. Mrazek started the first nine postseason games for Carolina but left Game 2 of the second-round series against the New York Islanders with a lower-body injury.
The 35-year-old McElhinney closed out that victory and started the final two games of the Hurricanes’ sweep of the Islanders.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.